Byzantium, I come not from…

This is J. Rippel’s tattoo:

Just an ever-present reminder of my love, my home, my muse, Illinois. Designed by a good friend.

Literary Tattoos: Ray Bradbury Byzantium

Byzantium, I come not from,
But from another time and place
Whose race was simple, tried and true;

As boy
I dropped me forth in Illinois.
A name with neither love nor grace
Was Waukegan, there I came from
And not, good friends, Byzantium.

- Excerpt from “Byzantium” by Ray Bradbury

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